Hist&146: United States History I
Credit Hours: 5
Term: Fall 2012
Dates: 25 September to 6 December
Location: HHL 121
Time: TTh 2:15 - 4:45
Dr. Loni Bramson
Office hours: By appointment on Tuesday or Thursday.
Instructional or Learning Needs: Students with disabilities who may need
accommodations, who have any emergency medical information the instructor should
know of, or who need special arrangements should inform the instructor as early as
possible, and no later than the first week of the term. This course includes required video
and audio viewing and listening. If you need assistance for this work, including
transcripts, contact the DSS department. To verify if you qualify for this service, go to
Course Description: Pre-Columbian era, colonial settlements and foundations of
American institutions, seeds of revolution, Confederation and Constitution, federalism
and states’ rights, Jacksonian era. [SE, SS]
Use critical thinking <CT> to evaluate historical changes and their impact on
United States society and culture.
Analyze and evaluate <AE> primary and secondary sources.
Identify culturally <IC> based assumptions that have influenced the perception
and behavior of people in the past and present.
Communicate effectively <CE> through written and other assignments.
Think critically <TC> about the relationships between past and present events and
Foner, Eric, Give Me Liberty!: An American History, 3rd ed., vol. 1 (GML).
Dr. Bramson’s Penguin Pack.
3 “Green” books.
Required Viewing: During the term movies and documentaries will be shown. Watching
them is required for the exams.
General Class Rules:
Being courteous to everyone.
Being on time.
Treating every person and each perspective with respect.
Turning off cell phones, beepers, pagers, iPods, and other technological items that
make noise or distract. None will be allowed during the exams.
Being a good listener.
Assigned reading must be completed before its due date. Reading due dates are
Tuesday. Study guides are due at the end of class on Tuesdays.
Class discussion is very important. Participation in these discussions is required and
will affect your grade. Please note that if you do not keep up with the reading
assignments, then you will not be able to adequately participate in the class
Attendance is required. Attendance will be taken. Non-attendance will affect your
All questions are good and are encouraged. Please ask them. If you are wondering
about something, then probably other students are as well.
This is a 5-credit course. You are expected to put in about 20 hours per week of work
into it, everything included.
Course Evaluation: Out of 100 possible points. Use the Chicago style.
Reading quizzes (CE): 10, graded out of 20 points. One per most weeks. The reading
quiz for the week is posted on the course website and must be completed by
midnight, Monday. You may take the quiz as many times as you wish. It is open
book, but you only have 20 minutes to take it. Your last attempt will be the final
grade. Before you take your first quiz, check the eLearning website for information
on which browser to use. Make sure that you have the most recent update for it. It is
your responsibility to make sure that your browser is compatible with Moodle. If
you have a technology glitch or other problem with a quiz, I will not reset it for any
reason. To make up a quiz, you may write an extra credit book or film review.
Remember that once you start the quiz, you cannot stop until you submit it. See
http://www.clark.edu/academics/eLearning/tech_reqs.php. See the Course Schedule
at the end for the due dates.
Précis (1-2 pp.): 6, graded out of 60. See the Writing Guide for instructions and the
Course Schedule for the due dates.
Final: Graded out of 100 points. See the Course Schedule for the date. CE, TC
Research Proposal (at least 2 pp.): Graded out of 60 points. See the Course Schedule
below for the due date. If you do not turn in a research proposal in time for me to
grade and return it, then you cannot submit your research paper. Remember that one
source must be from the course bibliography that is not required reading. CE, TC
One 6-8-page research paper: Graded out of 90 points. See the Course Schedule
below for the due date. If you submit your research paper without having received a
graded research proposal, your grade for the paper will be zero. CE, TC CT, AE,
IC, CE, TC
Grading Scale: Possible grades are A (90-100), B+ (87-89), B (80-86), C+ (77-79), C (70-
76), D (60-69), and F (59 or below).
Précis (6) 15
Quizzes (10) 10
Research Proposal 15
Research Paper 30
Final Exam 30
Total Percentage 100
Late Work and Missed Classwork: Under no circumstances will late work receive an A
grade. It is better to turn in your work late, although you will not receive an A, than not to
turn it in at all and receive no points. Missed classwork, quizzes, and the final exam cannot
be made up. Running Start students must give priority to Clark classes and work. If there is
a conflict, see your high school counselor. No Clark accommodations will be made. See
below for extra credit work.
Computer Failures: Computer or other technological failure is not an acceptable excuse
for late work. Back up all your work as you go. Save your document every few minutes as
you are working. Back up your documents either in a cloud (Google Docs or dropbox.com
are free) or with an external hard drive.
Incompletes: A grade of Incomplete (I) will only be given for an emergency situation. The
student must request an Incomplete in writing and must obtain my permission. Together,
we will establish a contract that will include strict time limits. All uncompleted work must
be turned in within the time limits set by the contract. If you do not turn in the missing
work, then your course grade will be calculated with the missing portion counting zero
The Game: At 2:15 sharp I will play a piece of music that is directly related to the topic of
the class session. In a cooperative manner, the class must give me two pieces of
information related to the music that I am playing that is pertinent to the class and reading
assignments. If the class is successful, every person present will receive .5 extra credit
Extra Credit Book or Film Reviews: Supplementary book or film reviews may be turned
in for extra credit to improve your grade or replace missed work. Only books listed in the
course bibliography that are not required reading can be used. Only films listed in Moodle
can be used. Follow the same guidelines in the Writing Guide for the book and film
reviews. You can earn a possible 5 extra credit points for each extra book or film review.
Grading for extra credit book reviews is as follows: A = 5 points, B+ = 4 points, B = 3
points, C+ = 2 points, C = 1 points, 0 points for a D or F).
Extra Credit for On the Campaign Trail: During the term, pay attention to partisan
political rhetoric in which politicians or journalists mention themes or people covered in
this class. Usually it will be wrong or a half-truth. In one page, following general
instructions for essays, explain what was claimed and what was correct, wrong, or a half-
truth. Use at least one primary or academic secondary source to prove your assertions. Be
prepared to report in class to earn the extra credit, once I have approved it. If I approve
your claim, you earn 5 extra credit points. One submission per week is allowed.
Using the WWW for Your Research and Work: It is dangerous to use the WWW for
academic work. Some websites are excellent, most are not. You are not allowed to research
on the Web for work in this class with two exceptions. You may use the Deep Web
resources of the Clark library (although not tertiary sources such as the Gale Virtual
Reference Library or Encyclopedia Britannica. You may also use the links on my personal
website. However, if you are taken to a different website from one on mine, you cannot use
it. In a footnote, state where in the Clark library or my website you found the URL.
Academic Integrity: Cheating and plagiarism are serious violations and will not be
tolerated. Plagiarism is using someone else’s words, ideas, or works without properly
acknowledging them. Proper referencing avoids this problem. Any student found to be
engaging in either of these activities at any point during the course will receive a failing
grade for the assignment and possible for the entire course. The student may also be subject
to further college sanctions. Please note that I have access to software that allows me to
verify potential plagiarism. All book reviews and research papers will be checked for
plagiarism. If you do not have time to do written work well, you will receive 59 percent. If
you plagiarize or cheat, you will receive 0 points.
Flexibility Caveat: The instructor may change the course assignments or evaluations in
response to institutional needs, class needs, or the weather. Information about weather
delays and cancellations can be accessed @
Course Calendar and Schedule
Week Number Reading Assignment Due
Week 1: 25/27 Sept. GML, pp. 1-51.
In class: Watch We Shall
Remain, “After the
Mayflower” Liberty! The
American Revolution, “The
Week 2: 2/4 Oct. GML ch. 2. Lecture (in Reading Quiz 1 due
Moodle): 1) “Being a Monday midnight.
British Colonist.” 2) 2)
Plymouth.” 3) “Native
Americans and the Boston
Harbor Islands” (history
from the point of view of
beginning to 46:00.
Week 3: 9/11 Oct. GML ch. 3. Lectures (in Reading Quiz 2 due
Moodle): 1) “‘Ever at Monday midnight.
Variance and Foolishly Research Proposal due 11
Jealous’: Intercolonial Oct.
Relations.” 2) “American
Indians and the French-
English War.” 3) Britain
and the Seven Years War.”
4) “Native American Slave
Trade in New England,”
beginning to 26:30.
Week 4: 16/18 Oct. GML ch. 4. Lectures (in Reading Quiz 3 due
Moodle): 1) “Introduction: Monday midnight.
Freeman's Top Five Tips
for Studying the
Revolution.” 2) “Being a
British American.” 3)
“Native American Slave
Trade in New England,”
26:30 – end.
Week 5: 23/25 Oct. A = Appendix Reading Quiz 4 due
GML, pp. 178-217; A 2-3. Monday midnight.
Common Sense, The Crisis,
Lectures (in Moodle): 1)
“Outraged Colonials: The
Stamp Act Crisis.” 2)
“Resistance or Rebellion?
(Or, What the Heck is
Happening in Boston?). 3)
“Being a Revolutionary.” 4)
“The Logic of Resistance.”
5) “Common Sense.” 6)
“Independence.” 7) “Civil
War.” 8) “Organizing a
War.” 9) “Heroes and
Villains.” 10) “Citizens and
Choices: Experiencing the
Revolution in New Haven.”
11) “The Importance of
George Washington.” 12)
“The Logic of a Campaign
(or, How in the World Did
We Win?) 13) “Fighting the
Revolution: The Big
Week 6: 30 Oct./1 Nov. GML ch. 6. Lectures (in Reading Quiz 5 due
Moodle): 1) “Who Were the Monday midnight.
Loyalists?” 2) “War and Précis due 1 Nov. on
Society.” Common Sense. Précis due
on The Crisis No. 1.
Week 7: 6/8 Nov. GML ch. 7; A 4-10. Reading Quiz 6 due
Extracts from The Monday midnight.
Week 8: 13/15 Nov. GML ch. 8; A 13-16. Reading Quiz 7 due
Monday midnight. Précis
due 15 Nov. on Federalist
papers 1, 2, 6, 9, and 10.
Précis due on Federalist
papers 14, 15, 16, 23, and
37. Précis due on Federalist
papers 39, 47, 48, 49, and
51. Précis due on Federalist
papers 62, 70, 78, 84, and
Week 9: 20 Nov. GML ch. 9. Reading Quiz 8 due
No class on 22 Nov. Watch We Shall Remain, Monday midnight.
Week 10: 27/29 Nov. GML ch. 10. Reading Quiz 9 due
Research Paper due 29 Nov.
Week 11: 4/6 Dec. No reading. Reading Quiz 10 due
Final Exam: Tuesday, 11 2:00 to 3:50